Crediton railway station

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Crediton National Rail
Crediton station up side in 2011.jpg
Place Crediton
Local authority Mid Devon
Coordinates 50°46′59″N 3°38′49″W / 50.78318°N 3.64707°W / 50.78318; -3.64707Coordinates: 50°46′59″N 3°38′49″W / 50.78318°N 3.64707°W / 50.78318; -3.64707
Grid reference SX840994
Station code CDI
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   21,607
2004/05 Increase 22,478
2005/06 Increase 22,550
2006/07 Increase 24,021
2007/08 Increase 27,422
2008/09 Increase 32,344
2009/10 Increase 36,784
2010/11 Increase 44,074
2011/12 Increase 48,978
2012/13 Decrease 43,106
2013/14 Increase 50,342
Original company Exeter and Crediton Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Opened 1851
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Crediton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Crediton railway station is a railway station serving the town of Crediton in Devon, England.

It is the current junction of the Tarka and Dartmoor lines, though the two lines run parallel until Coleford Junction (where the junction of the Barnstaple and Okehampton lines used to be) at Penstone near Coleford (west of Yeoford).


A train driver hands over the single-line token at the signal box in 2011

The station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was opened by the Exeter and Crediton Railway on 12 May 1851. The line to Barnstaple was then opened by the North Devon Railway on 1 August 1854. After 1 November 1865 additional London and South Western Railway trains ran through the station going towards Okehampton.[1]

The signal box which controls the level crossing was put into use on the 2 June 1875, and the footbridge built in 1878. It now controls the entire Tarka Line from just north of the Cowley Bridge Junction with the Bristol to Exeter line, all the way to Barnstaple, although most of the line uses the No Signalman Token Remote (NSTR) system. Under this method of operation only a single train is allowed into each section, so not much signal control is actually required.[1]

The creamery and dairy in Crediton is located next to the church, but the company's transport depot was located in Hoskin's Yard next to the station.[2] Every day, a train of three or more Milk Tank Wagons would be filled from lorries, and then taken to London by either the GWR or the SR. Express Dairies sold the creamery and a similar unit in Kirkcudbright, Scotland in July 2002 to Milk Link, which by that time produced UHT milk.[citation needed]

The goods yard closed on 4 December 1967.[1]


Crediton is served by all trains on the Barnstaple to Exmouth service. They connect with main line services at Exeter St Davids.[3]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newton St Cyres   Great Western Railway
Tarka Line
Exeter St Davids   Great Western Railway
Dartmoor Line
Summer Sundays only
  Sampford Courtenay

Community railway[edit]

The railway between Exeter and Barnstaple is designated as a community railway and is supported by marketing provided by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. The line is promoted under the Tarka Line name.

The main station building is the award-winning Tea Rooms. These appeared in a list of "highly commended" station cafes published in The Guardian in 2009.[4] The tea rooms house a 0 gauge static model of the station in LSWR days and displays about the railway locally.

The Friends of Crediton Station actively promote the station and have been involved in schemes such as planting flower beds.

In 2007, working with the Friends of Crediton Station, First Great Western (now Great Western Railway) painted the station in authentic LSWR colours.


  1. ^ a b c Nicholas, John (1992). The North Devon Line. Sparkford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-461-6. 
  2. ^ Wills, Jimmy. "History of the Milk Marketing Board Crediton Depot covering the years 1965-2000". Devon Transport History. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  3. ^ "National Rail Timetable 136 (Summer 2009)" (PDF). Network Rail. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  4. ^ Wills, Dixe (2009-05-12). "Ten of the best railway cafes". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-06-30.